Classically trained musician Michael Berry is using his love of rap music to change how people talk about the genre.
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"It was an amazing time in this country - you had the fight for civil rights, black power, feminism, Vietnam."
Kim Davenport's self-effacing personality hides a wealth of interesting accomplishments, from her career as a concert pianist to her role in documenting Tacoma's history to her adoption of innovative classroom technologies.
Acting on a tip from a colleague, lecturer Kim Davenport reinvigorated her music appreciation course with a web-based presentation tool that fosters the creativity of her students.
"Students learn how creative inspiration comes from anywhere, from the kitchen to Snapchat"--Finding meaning in the music
"Sharing Wikipedia's own awareness of its systemic bias with my students helped me frame the issue. I could make it relevant both for my course content, and for students' understanding."
Founding faculty member Claudia Gorbman reflects on her 24 years at UW Tacoma, looks ahead to an active retirement.
The lecture series invites students and members of the community to free presentations on pop culture, local history and more – beginning Oct. 16.